- Golden Arrows young goalkeeper Sifiso Mlungwana has shared a painful story after he was overlooked in the Mzansi squad preparing for the Olympics
- Mlungwana has been a key figure for Arrows in the DStv Premiership and his snub for the Olympics has come as a surprise
- The 24-year-old Arrows shot-stopper, Mlungwana says it’s not for the first time he has been ignored for games such as the Olympics in the junior national team
- At the same time, Mlungwana is now focusing on impressing the Bafana Bafana selectors after doing well for Arrows
Golden Arrows goalkeeper Sifiso Mlungwana is setting his sights on getting a call-up to the Bafana Bafana squad.
This comes after the former Arrows reserves keeper was snubbed for the South African U23 spot in the squad heading to the United Arab Emirates to prepare for this year’s Olympics in Japan.
Mlungwana has been a vital cog for coach Mandla Ncikazi’s side as they have done exceptionally well in the DStv Premiership.
The 24-year-old has had a fantastic run in his breakout season in the top flight as they look to finish as number three this term.
Should Abafana Bes’thende claim the third spot, they will represent Mzansi in the lucrative CAF Confederation Cup.
With U23 coach David Notoane having announced his squad and preferred the likes of Mondli Mpoto, Lincoln Vyver, and Ricardo Goss, Mlungwana has responded to the snub and said as quoted by KickOff:
"I think it's one of the challenges I was supposed to face in life so that I can strengthen my football career, it's a once-off thing, it's not the end of the road.
"I can still push for our senior team, to get selected for the senior team. I'm very disappointed but it's not the first time, but there's nothing I can do, I will look forward to my future.”
The KwaZulu-Natal-born has racked up 28 appearances in the league for the Durban-based club and has managed 10 clean sheets so far.
Meanwhile, the brave gloveman has been nominated for the DStv Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season Award and will compete against Denis Onyango of Mamelodi Sundowns and Veli Mothwa of AmaZulu. Said Arrows:
"Congratulations to our PSL Awards nominees. Coach Mandla Ncikazi, for Coach of the Season, and Sifiso Mlungwana for Goalkeeper of the Season. We hope that you will both win your categories."
Meanwhile, Briefly News has reported that AmaZulu stalwart Siphiwe Tshabalala has sent a strong warning to Orlando Pirates, whom they face on Thursday in the DStv Premiership.
The Usuthu star has taken to social media to strut his stuff in the training ground, much to the amazement of his fans.
Formerly on the books of Kaizer Chiefs, 'Shabba' still remains a hit with many in the football fraternity and the comments on his video are proof of that.
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